Resident Evil 2 review: Terror for the modern era
Resident Evil 2 review: Terror for the modern era
3:23

Resident Evil 2 review: Terror for the modern era

Video Games
[SOUND] Nearly twenty-one years after the original Resident Evil 2 was unleashed on the PlayStation Capcom's remake is taking a bite out of the PS4, Xbox One and PC and 1998 has never looked, sounded or felt this good. Whether you are playing as rookie cop Leon Kennedy or biker Clare Redfield, you'll spend the majority of this survival horror game in the city's zombie infested police station. This iconic setting looks and sounds better than ever, with deep shadows, eerie growls, and lurking undead. Making it an oppressive, nerve-wracking place to explore. [MUSIC] Clever design choices make it feel like a step up from the mansion in the remake of the first Resident Evil. With areas linking up in satisfying ways and plenty of rewards for those who investigate every nook and cranny. Ditching the original game's fixed camera angles, the new Resident Evil 2 lets you look around freely, making exploration more immersive. It cleverly marries the tank controls of the first few Resident Evils with the third-person camera of the more recent games in the franchise. Resident Evil zombies remain excellent adversaries, and you can never be sure they're dead unless you blow open their heads with a lucky shot. In fact, anything other than a headshot feels ineffective, so enter combat with caution. [SOUND] Some [UNKNOWN] or quiet creeping can get you past many enemies if you're low on bullets, which you will be. Resources can get tight and tougher enemies like [UNKNOWN] and numerous bosses can soak up ammo, so you'll really have to consider your approach. But that's a good thing, Resident Evil 2's challenging, engaging gameplay will test Raccoon City veterans and newcomers alike. The character models are really impressive to look at. Everyone is carefully designed and seems more human than ever especially when you consider their Playstation 1 era origins. The voice acting Something that the Resident Evil series is infamous for is much improved. It is so nice to see you. How are you doing? That helicoptor just came out of nowhere. Leon and Claire's reactions when a zombie just won't die are a delight, and they'll dynamically react to the environment. Jesus! They're everywhere! [SOUND] gunshot but there are a few wrinkles. The invincible tyrant that pursues Leon and Claire in some sections is suitably scary, but often forces you to take diversions to an extent that hurts the game's pacing and will likely leave you irritated. There is also a brief section where you play a super spy, Ada Wong, where you are forced to use her gadget for some disappointing puzzle. The puzzles just aren't very fun, nor are they well designed and they just feel out of step with the rest of the games tight survival horror gameplay. Despite these issues, the Resident Evil 2 remake brags the classic into 2019 wonderfully. If you're looking for an old school survival horror adventure, come and join us in the Racoon City Police Department Aah! And be sure to check out Sean Keene's full review on cnet.com

Up Next

Apple TV Just Leveled Up with the RetroArch App
240523-site-i-turned-my-apple-tv-into-a-sega-genesis

Up Next

Apple TV Just Leveled Up with the RetroArch App

I Tried Three Fitness Apps to Help My Postpartum Recovery
cs-ai-coaching-seq-00-07-22-19-still001

I Tried Three Fitness Apps to Help My Postpartum Recovery

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: Ultimate Good Lock Tips and Tricks
240509-yt-galaxy-s24-ultra-good-lock-app-v04

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: Ultimate Good Lock Tips and Tricks

Did a Week With the Apple Watch Make Me Use My iPhone Less?
240419-site-does-having-an-apple-watch-make-me-use-my-iphone-less-4

Did a Week With the Apple Watch Make Me Use My iPhone Less?

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones
240417-site-google-pixel-lab-exclusive-1

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones

Boston Dynamics Retires Its HD Atlas Robot
p1022506-00-00-01-20-still001

Boston Dynamics Retires Its HD Atlas Robot

What's the Future of Phones? Expert vs. AI
240412-site-what-is-the-future-of-phones-expert-vs-ai-v1

What's the Future of Phones? Expert vs. AI

I Touched Disney's HoloTile Floor: Behind the Scenes at Imagineering
disneyholotile-site

I Touched Disney's HoloTile Floor: Behind the Scenes at Imagineering

Can I Live With a Nokia Flip Phone in 2024?
pana3004

Can I Live With a Nokia Flip Phone in 2024?

How Google Captures 3D Images for Immersive View
240207-yt-google-map-immersive-view-v03

How Google Captures 3D Images for Immersive View

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core.png

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city.png

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
top-5.png

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
the-daily-charge.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future.png

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today.png

Tech Today

Cooley On Cars
on-cars.png

Cooley On Cars

Carfection
carfection.png

Carfection

Latest News

Klipsch Flexus Soundbars: Which One is Right for You?
Klipsch Flexus Range

Klipsch Flexus Soundbars: Which One is Right for You?

Unitree G1 vs. Boston Dynamics Atlas: Hypermobility in Humanoid Robots
240523-site-unitree-robotics-thumbnail-2

Unitree G1 vs. Boston Dynamics Atlas: Hypermobility in Humanoid Robots

Apple TV Just Leveled Up with the RetroArch App
240523-site-i-turned-my-apple-tv-into-a-sega-genesis

Apple TV Just Leveled Up with the RetroArch App

Everything Announced at Microsoft Build 2024
240521-site-microsoft-build-supercut-thumbnail

Everything Announced at Microsoft Build 2024

Sonos Ace Headphones Get Set to Take on the AirPods Max (First Look)
240520-site-sonos-headphones-4

Sonos Ace Headphones Get Set to Take on the AirPods Max (First Look)

Microsoft Announces First Surface Copilot Plus PCs Powered by Qualcomm
240520-site-microsoft-reax-2

Microsoft Announces First Surface Copilot Plus PCs Powered by Qualcomm

Everything Announced at Microsoft's Surface Copilot Plus PC Event
microsoft-event-5-20-24-20-may-2024-02-00-39-pm-00-08-21-09-still001

Everything Announced at Microsoft's Surface Copilot Plus PC Event

Android 15: See New Features in Action
yt-android-15-clean-1

Android 15: See New Features in Action

If Apple Makes Siri Like ChatGPT or Gemini, I'm Done
240516-site-hey-siri-lets-talk

If Apple Makes Siri Like ChatGPT or Gemini, I'm Done

Bose SoundLink Max Review: How Does It Compare to the Cheaper SoundLink Flex?
240514-site-bose-soundlink-max-2

Bose SoundLink Max Review: How Does It Compare to the Cheaper SoundLink Flex?